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Top accolades for Kingston University's fashion and design courses in latest Guardian University Guide

Posted Wednesday 25 May 2016

Top accolades for Kingston University's fashion and design courses in latest Guardian University Guide

Kingston University has been named one of the top institutions in the United Kingdom for fashion and design education in the latest Guardian University Guide. The newly-released 2017 listings also saw sport science race up the rankings to become the highest rated course in London, alongside nursing which earned another table topping spot in the capital.

The University's internationally-acclaimed fashion programme was placed second overall in the fashion and textiles category – making it the highest ranked university in the country specialising specifically in fashion. Kingston University's creative expertise also secured third spot in the highly-competitive design and crafts subject table, which covers courses ranging from graphic design, illustration and animation to product and furniture design....


Novel approach using drama to train mental health nurses sees Kingston University and St George's, University of London scoop Student Nursing Times Award

Posted Monday 23 May 2016

Novel approach using drama to train mental health nurses sees Kingston University and St George's, University of London scoop Student Nursing Times Award

A drama used to help mental health nursing students put their knowledge in to practice has seen Kingston University and St George's, University of London carry off the Teaching Innovation of the Year trophy at the 2016 Student Nursing Times Awards. The annual awards, run by the leading nursing magazine, provide an opportunity to share good practice among student nurses and celebrate the achievements of those who will be shaping the future of the profession. Judges of the innovation category were looking for a stand out idea that would help student nurses either improve their clinical skills or broaden their understanding of academic subjects. The winning Kingston and St George's project consisted of a 15-minute drama simulation. It was performed last year at the Rose Theatre as part of a wider event called Nursing's Got Talent, which celebrated International Nurses Day and featured poetry, music and drama.The prize-winning play had evolved through improvisation and rehearsal.Entitled Turning Crisis into Drama, the simulation involved nursing students performing alongside professional actors who took on the roles of patients, working closely with teaching staff and students on the mental health programme. They developed their characters from an original script devised by senior lecturer in mental health Chris Hart, who also directed the drama. The play had evolved through improvisation and rehearsal, Mr Hart explained. "Our students didn't know what situations the actors would come up with, so they had to deal with their emotions and respond to their needs in just the same way as they would in a real-life situation," he said. "This really helped to build the skills integral to mental health nursing."

The drama had focused specifically on patients being treated by nurses, which demonstrated the key work they carried out, Mr Hart added. "It also highlighted such problems as the stigma and isolation experienced by people suffering from mental health," he explained. This is the second time the mental health team from Kingston and St George's School of Nursing has won the innovation award for its simulated activity....


Healthcare professionals call for better maternity services for parents-to-be with hearing problems at Deaf Nest Project conference

Posted Friday 20 May 2016

Healthcare professionals call for better maternity services for parents-to-be with hearing problems at Deaf Nest Project conference

Midwives, students and healthcare professionals have called for improvements in antenatal and childbirth services for deaf families, at an event organised by Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

The Deaf Nest Project conference was run by final-year midwifery student Paulina Ewa Sporek, founder of the Deaf Nest Project, and created an opportunity to discover more about the issues that affect the deaf community....


Key to leadership success is sense of purpose, new Kingston Business School research shows

Posted Thursday 19 May 2016

Key to leadership success is sense of purpose, new Kingston Business School research shows

The question as to what makes a great leader is one that has preoccupied directors, trustees and electorates for centuries. Now Kingston University has joined forces with executive search business Adastrum Consulting to develop a new leadership model that sheds light on characteristics common amongst those on a trajectory to the top.

Research led by Dr Emma Russell and Dr Jo Yarker, from Kingston Business School, forms the basis for the new model. The study examines what drives leadership success and focuses particularly on the role and importance of ‘purpose'....


Kingston University named University of the Year in prestigious NEON awards recognising commitment to widening participation in higher education

Posted Wednesday 18 May 2016

Kingston University named University of the Year in prestigious NEON awards recognising commitment to widening participation in higher education

Kingston University's commitment to widening participation has seen it named University of the Year in the prestigious NEON awards. Head of Widening Participation Jenni Woods is now also the proud holder of one of the sought after NEON accolades, after carrying off top honours in the Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access category.

Shadow Minister of Higher Education, Further Education and Skills Gordon Marsden presented the University with both awards during a high-profile ceremony at the Palace of Westminster. The awards, now in their third year, are run by National Education Opportunities Network - the professional organisation supporting staff involved in widening access to degree-level study....


Theatre production puts drama and human rights students in the spotlight as they scoop award from Amnesty International UK

Posted Monday 16 May 2016

Theatre production puts drama and human rights students in the spotlight as they scoop award from Amnesty International UK

Two Kingston University drama and human rights students have won a prestigious award from Amnesty International UK as part of a national competition to raise awareness about human rights issues. Yasemin Gava and Clarissa Kim are president and secretary of the Union of Kingston Students' Amnesty International Society and saw the competition as the perfect opportunity to combine their love of performance with their interest in human rights.

Responding to Amnesty International UK's invitation to student groups to come up with a fresh approach to help raise awareness of the work they do with diverse audiences, Yasemin and Clarissa decided to use theatre production as a platform to highlight the human rights issues in Yemen.  The pair hoped that, through the use of theatre, they could raise awareness through creating an experience for their audience rather than simply telling a story, Clarissa explained. "We wanted to link our proposal to current campaigns being run by Amnesty International, so we decided to focus on the embargo against arms being sold between the UK and Saudi Arabia," she said. "This  coincided perfectly with our current studies on the judicial system as well as political theatre."...


Fundraising criminology student cycles to Paris to help tackle youth violence

Posted Monday 16 May 2016

Fundraising criminology student cycles to Paris to help tackle youth violence

Last year Tracey Ford gave a keynote speech at Kingston University about her work on youth violence in London. In 2007 she lost her son when he was murdered at Streatham Ice Rink; his killers have never been found.

Second year Criminology undergraduate, Emilia Gill, contacted Tracey to see if she could get involved with her work at JAGS Foundation, an organisation that aims to raise awareness of youth on youth violence by providing support services and safe spaces for healing, education and restoration....


Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Posted Thursday 12 May 2016

Researcher Professor Will Brooker raises the roof as David Bowie at Kingston University Ziggy Stardust tribute concert

Kingston University has once again rocked to the sounds of music superstar David Bowie - exactly 44 years after he performed as Ziggy Stardust on campus. The iconic rock legend originally took to the stage with his support band, the Spiders from Mars, on 6 May 1972 at the then Kingston Polytechnic's Penrhyn Road site for what became a seminal gig for fans. On Saturday 7 May, more than four decades later, tribute band The Thin White Duke performed a two-hour set to a sell-out audience of more than 120 Bowie devotees at Kingston University's Knights Park bar.

University film and cultural studies expert Professor Will Brooker fronted the band for a selection of the tracks in the guise of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona. Professor Brooker will shortly complete a year-long project exploring Bowie's career as research for an academic book entitled Forever Stardust that he has been writing about the pop icon. The study has seen Professor Brooker transform himself into Bowie, spending a few months at a time experiencing specific periods in the star's life to acquire an understanding of his creative thought processes....

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